On January 1, 2014, recreational marijuana becomes legal in Colorado. Nothing takes effect until January 1, 2014. That’s when amendment 64 becomes law.
Colorado will always be a safe place to ski. Safety is the number one priority of resorts. This is always the case. After January 1 Colorado will continue to be a family-friendly, safe-skiing destination.
No smoking in public. The new law does not allow smoking marijuana in public places. Public places include malls, sidewalks, stadiums, amusement parks, theaters and yes, ski resorts.
Ski resorts are public places. Every part of a ski resort is a public place. And by every part, that includes chairlifts, gondolas, lift lines, restrooms, parking lots, trails, woods, decks, patios, terrain parks, lodges, behind lodges, snow banks, behind snow banks, rental shops, bars, restaurants, plazas, etc.
Federal law does not allow smoking marijuana on federal land. Almost all ski areas in Colorado are on national forest land i.e. land that is owned by the federal government. Federal law forbids use of marijuana on federal land.
Can’t smoke at a ski resort. Don’t expect to be able to smoke marijuana at a ski resort in Colorado.
In Colorado it is unlawful to ski/ride when impaired. It is a violation of the Colorado Ski Safety Act to participate in skiing or snowboarding, or even to load a lift, while impaired by a controlled substance.
Enforcement may come in a variety of ways. Examples of include but are not limited to ski resort staff, local law enforcement, and the US Forest Service.
Here in Colorado there are a lot of wonderful ways to enjoy the mountains, but smoking marijuana at a ski resort is not one of them.
Colorado is known for our world class skiing. We have so much to offer skiers and snowboarders, but smoking marijuana at a ski resort is not one of them.
Last November, Coloradans passed Amendment 64, a measure that amended our state constitution to legalize possession of marijuana. There have been lots of questions about what this means for skiers/riders and ski areas, so we thought we’d try to clear things up a bit.
What Amendment 64 means is that people 21 years and older can legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana; however, the amendment specifically bans public consumption of the drug. Therefore, smoking marijuana at ski resorts is still illegal, just as it was before the amendment passed.
Smoking marijuana in public places is illegal, and is clearly stated in the amendment. Public places include malls, stadiums, amusement parks, sidewalks, and ski resorts. There isn’t anywhere at a ski resort that is NOT public, inside or outside, it’s all open to the public, this includes the lift lines, on the chairlift, in the gondola, in parking lots, on the trail, in the woods next to the trail, on the deck of the lodge or on patios. The fact that smoking is not allowed at a ski resort is not new; this has always been the case, even before passing Amendment 64.
Education is key. There is no reason guests should expect to be able to smoke marijuana at a ski resort. Just like knowing the weather and snow conditions before heading out to ski, knowing the law about smoking marijuana is important too. Resorts are working with their towns, chambers of commerce, community leaders and trade association to inform locals and visitors alike of the law surrounding smoking marijuana.
Bottom line: Smoking marijuana in public is against the law, and always has been.